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2017-09-23  
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Rim to Rim and Upper Ribbon Falls, AZ
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Rim to Rim and Upper Ribbon Falls, AZ 
Rim to Rim and Upper Ribbon Falls, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2017
ddgrunning
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1st trip
Annual R2R with a great group of friends and family. My 18 year old daughter joined on this trip--her third time. Stayed in the cabins on the North Rim on Friday night; ate at the Lodge and enjoyed the sunset from the veranda, followed by views of the sliver moon.

I don't usually sleep well the night before R2R, but managed the best night's sleep yet this year. Alarm went off at 4:30, and our group was at the North Kaibab trailhead, heading down at 5:40 a.m. With an overnight forecast low of 29 degrees, we were expecting it to be very cold, but were pleasantly surprised to find the TH much warmer--low 40s or upper 30s at worst.

It was quite busy on the upper part of the trail. Lots of groups out enjoying the canyon. After Manzanita Resthouse, people settled into their paces, spread out, and the trail became less crowded.

Just to shake things up a bit, and to get a little more solitude in, I convinced one of our group to join me on a side trip to Upper Ribbon Falls. I had never been before. Very cool place, and indeed, we had it to ourselves. Peeked over the ledge down to Ribbon Falls on the return, and then it was back on the "highway" to Phantom Ranch.

At the bridge crossing over Bright Angel Creek, they've put up a new sign, directing folks to the Bright Angel or South Kaibab trails (really one of the very few spots on the trail where someone could make a wrong turn).

Enjoyed ideal weather on the way up, with a slight breeze and intermittent cloud cover.

Decided to go up the Old Devil's Corkscrew, and then rejoined the new trail as it wraps around the point and joins Garden Creek. Took a dip in the "jacuzzi pools" before saddling up for the jaunt into Indian Gardens.

Felt great on the final 4.5mi/3,000ft climb out of IG. Enjoyed my 8 minute shower at Mather Campground. Then it was on to dinner at Maswick. Very disappointed with the service this time. The two folks running the grill literally spoke no English, and we stood in line and watched the chef burn our hamburgers while he was focused on cleaning his spatulas. Next time, I'm opting for Wendy's in Tusayan--half the price, and twice as quick.

Another incredible trip. So grateful to have this gem so close and accessible to where I live.
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